Monday, May 28, 2007

Applesauce & Baked Apples

Some might think that it is not necessary at all to cook fruits but to me, I did (except for certain fruits like banana, papaya, honeydew, kiwi & mango, which doesn't need cooking) until Dillon turns 10 months plus, then I only feed him raw fruits. If you have doubt, read more about cooking fruits here.

Applesauce/ Pureed apples
1. Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks
2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples
3. Boil/steam until tender;
4. Reserve any remained water to use for blending & thinning out the apples
5. Puree the apples with the remained water.

*You may feed as it is or add in to plain rice cereal, baby would love the natural sweetness.
*You may add in pear or plum to make a combo, taste great too.
*You can cook more and divide into 2 or 3 portion, stored in individual container & freeze it. Thaw & warm up a bit before serving.

Baked Apples
1. Core apple and leave peel on
2. Place a wee bit of butter (if baby is ready for or has had dairy) on the inside of the cored apple (sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the apple if your desire and if baby is ready for or has had cinnamon)
3. Place in a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples – about an inch of water
4. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 mins or until tender; check on the water level.
5. Once baked, either cut apple into little bits and serve as a finger food or mash as directed above in the Applesauce recipe.

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